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Agate from Nanovitsa, Bulgaria (by Kobolt74)
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Macro of poppy jasper (by Captain Tenneal)
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Macro of jasper (by Captain Tenneal)
Hey, do you mind informing me on the basics needed to become a mineralogist.

The basics needed for a mining company:

  • Geology degree
  • Interest in mineralogy (obviously)
  • Experience…which is hard to get but I was lucky and got placed at the current company I work for through an internship program I did in my last year.

With experience, you develop the following skills which are very attractive to employers:

  • Skilled in operating a scanning electron and/or optical microscope
  • Skilled in operating automated mineralogy software 
  • Knowledge of x-ray diffraction vs. mineralogy
  • Sample preparation
  • Data analysis
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Atacamite (by fluor_doublet)
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Dufrénoysite from Switzerland (by Edgar Müller)
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Sapphire (a variety of Corundum) rotated at 90 degrees (by François Périnet)
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Amethyst (by Orbital Joe)
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Quartz (by Orbital Joe)
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Himalaya Mine Tourmaline (by Sea Moon)
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Fluorite from UW-Madison Geology Museum (by patrickkuhl)
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Green fluoroapatite crystals on a matrix of limestone and aragonite (by someHerrings)
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Erythrite (by Ihagee86)
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Hafnium crystals (by fluor_doublet)
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